Browsing All posts tagged under »small farms«

How D’you Make a Local Food System?

November 22, 2011

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At a recent event, I got chatting to a delightful rancher couple about their Facebook page.  Though they recognized its importance to marketing their grass-finished beef, they’d never actually seen Mills Ranch’s Facebook page and weren’t entirely sure what it was.  “We know it’s on the computer, but our granddaughter takes care of it” they […]

A New Movie on Detroit’s Urban Farms

June 12, 2011

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It’s pretty hard to disagree with the idea of produce-based urban farms.  They are, after all, a hipper version of the vegetable patch you find in many a suburban garden, albeit larger and more sophisticated.  They also tap the current zeitgeist for reducing food miles by sourcing locally, and – in some cases – organically. […]

Does Sustainability Make Amish Farms Profitable?

May 28, 2011

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What are you supposed to do when an 80-something year old Mennonite farmer starts unplugging things under the hood of your rental Prius?  If you’re interested in agriculture, you tend to end up being interested in the Amish at some stage, and – for a while – I lived an easy drive away from one […]